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Vital signs - Saturday, January 9th, 2021



“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


There may be some sins of which a man cannot speak, but there is no sin which the blood of Christ cannot wash away. — Charles Spurgeon

Sin.

It’s a word that Christians don’t like to mention because it makes us feel ashamed. We prefer to use words like

struggle

or

mistake

. But dealing with sin honestly will help us find victory from it in our future. Before we dive in, let’s answer a couple of questions that many people have about sin:

What is sin?

If you look at the Greek—the original language of the New Testament—the word for

sin

is

hamartanō,

and it means

“to be mistaken.”

But the definition that most scholars use is

“to miss the mark,”

which refers to archery. If an arrow doesn’t land in the center of a target, or the

bullseye

, the arrow has

“missed the mark.”

Sin is like that.

The

mark

is the standard God gave us to follow. It’s His perfect way. And we’ve all missed it according to Romans 3:23. Not one single human can claim perfection. Whether we miss the mark by a little or a lot, it's a sin.

Where did sin come from?

Sin entered the world because of the first humans, Adam and Eve. In the Old Testament book of Genesis, we read that God told Adam and Eve that they could eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden

except one

—the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

.

Guess what? They ate from

that

tree. Because of that one act, all human beings are born with a depraved heart, and we sin the moment we have the ability to do so. 

We’re all born with a sinful nature because of someone else’s choices. Seems unfair, doesn’t it? There is great news, however. Much like sin was brought into the world by one man, Adam, salvation came into the world by One Man, Jesus. God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins. Because of Jesus’s finished work on the cross, we can have victory in our lives over sin. While we won’t achieve perfection, we can make choices that will make our lives richer and fuller. 


Reflect

Is it difficult for you to admit that you sin? Why or why not?

Think about an issue you struggle with. Call it what it is—

a sin.

Ask God to help you overcome this.

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